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Products > Plants - Browse By Region > Koelreuteria elegans
 
Koelreuteria elegans - Chinese Flame Tree

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberries)
Origin: Taiwan (Asia)
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Koelrutaria henryi]
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: 20-30 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Koelreuteria elegans (Chinese Flame Tree) - This is a deciduous tree that grows to 40 feet tall. The 2 foot long leaves are bipinnately divided into many 2-inch-long toothed leaflets. In the summer and fall, orange-red flower clusters are followed by the formation of fat, papery fruit capsules resembling Japanese lanterns. Plant in full sun and give deep, infrequent waterings. It is hardy down to about 15 degrees F. There are beautiful examples of this tree in Santa Barbara, often mixed with plantings of Koelreuteria bipinnata from which it differs by having smaller, less corsely toothed leaves that are glossy and have a prominent elongated tip. We grew this tree from 1995 until 2005 and still have a specimen tree planted in front of our accounting office. We discontinued production of this beautiful tree because of the lack of reliably good seed and because very few customers recognized its virtues.  This description is based on research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Koelreuteria elegans.
 
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